If Gov. Jan Brewer gets her way, state employees can look forward to a pay raise — but only if they gave up their civil service protections under her personnel reform plan.Read More »
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There were no surprises at the Arizona Democratic or Republican parties’ statutory meetings on Saturday. The Arizona Democratic Party reelected incumbent Chairman Bill Roe to a full term at the party’s helm. Meanwhile, the Arizona Republican Party got new leadership, electing businessman Robert Graham in a landslide.Read More »
Two Republican lawmakers are taking slightly different tacks in their efforts to affirm Arizona students’ loyalty to their country.
One wants mandatory compliance. The other started out with the same idea, but has since had a change of heart.
The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would expand the state’s law prohibiting cities from keeping databases of gun-related transactions to include firearm ownership as well.Read More »
A freshman Republican lawmaker who sponsored a bill making a “constitutional oath” a requirement for high school graduation said he’ll amend the legislation so that the oath is no longer mandatory.Read More »
The Governor’s Office unveiled an $8.9 billion budget plan today for fiscal year 2014, which included $317 million in new spending. “We’re finally comfortable using red, so that should tell you something about the state budget,” John Arnold, director of the governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting, joked about the bright red color of the budget books distributed to the media at a press briefing today.Read More »
One of the most prominent conservative media outlets in the United States is taking Gov. Jan Brewer to task for her call to expand her state’s Medicaid program in accordance with the Affordable Care Act, accusing her of abandoning her principles and pursuing a course of action that will harm both Arizona and the United States.Read More »
As Gov. Jan Brewer gears up to push her Medicaid plan through the Legislature, she’s rallying business and health care leaders in support of the proposed AHCCCS expansion.Read More »
The Arizona Court of Appeals overturned a Superior Court judge’s ruling, saying legislators must abide by a voter mandate to increase K-12 education funding to account for inflation.Read More »
Things are better now than they have been at any point since Gov. Jan Brewer took office in 2009 amid a crippling recession and fiscal crisis. But the governor said they can be better still, and stressed the need for Arizona to be more competitive.Read More »